How to make a windmill out of a can

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How to make a windmill out of a can
Tin Can Windmill (Personal Windmill)

Windmills are a beautiful sight. And they can be especially beautiful in your yard or garden. Small windmills made out of cans allows everyone to have a windmill regardless of space. Whether it's a patio, garden or lawn, these really simple windmills will enhance the beauty of your personal space. Get started and you can create multiple windmills for your own yard, to sell or to give to friends.

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Things you need

  • Large tin cans or soda/beer cans
  • Knife
  • 4-foot dowel rods
  • Nails
  • Hammer
  • Paint
  • Polyurethane spray

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  1. 1

    Measure the circumference of the can. Mark evenly spaced lines on the outside of the can from the bottom of the can to the top.

  2. 2

    Cut the top off of the cans at just under the top curve of the can.

  3. 3

    Cut along the marked lines you made to just at the bottom curve of the can.

  4. 4

    Bend the metal by pulling the blades out and flattening the bottom of the can.

  5. 5

    Spray paint the windmill blades with desired colour and allow to dry. Apply three coats of polyurethane spray on top of the dry paint, allowing to dry in between coats.

  6. 6

    Place a nail in the middle of the bottom of the can and hammer into the top side of a dowel rod. Hammer the rod into the ground.

Tips and warnings

  • Make a tripod with rebar rods and place the can windmill in the middle of the tripod to create a larger windmill.

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